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Sublime Spaces and Visionary Worlds Built Environments of Vernacular Artists

ISBN-10: 1568987285

ISBN-13: 9781568987286

Edition: 2007

Authors: Ruth Kohler, Erika Doss, Lisa Stone, Jane Bianco, Leslie Umberger

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The need to personalize our surroundings is a defining human characteristic. For some this need becomes a compulsion to transform their personal surroundings into works of art. The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, has undertaken the mission to preserve these environments, which are presented for the first time inSublime Spaces and Visionary Worlds. This colorful and inspiring book features the work of twenty-two vernacular artists whose locales, personal histories, and reasons for art-making vary widely but who all share a powerful connection to the home as art. Featured projects range from art environments that remain intact, such as Simon Rodia's Watts Towers in California, to sites lost over the years such as Emery Blagdon's six hundred elaborate "Healing Machines," made of copper, aluminum, tinfoil, magnets, ribbons, farm-machinery parts, painted light bulbs, beads, coffee-can lids, and more. Sublime Spaces and Visionary Worldsis the first book to explore these spectacularly offbeat spaces in detail. From "Original Rhinestone Cowboy" Loy Bowlin's wall-to-wall glitter-and-foil living room to the concrete bestiary of "witch of Fox Point" Mary Nohl, each artist and project is described in detail through a wealth of visuals and text.Sublime Spaces and Visionary Worldsreminds us that our decorative choices tell the world not just what we like but who we are.
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Book details

List price: $65.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Publication date: 10/4/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 10.25" wide x 11.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 6.336
Language: English